A watercolour of the Avon Gorge by a 16-year-old JMW Turner has been purchased for £40,000 by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Painted between 1791 and 1792 during Turner’s stay with family friends in Bristol, the work is not yet on display.

‘The Mouth of the Avon, near Bristol, seen from Cliffs below Clifton’ only measures 22cm by 28.5cm but is seen as a significant purchase.

In 1791, Turner stayed with friends of his father, the Narraway family and spent much of his time exploring and sketching the Avon Gorge.

Julie Finch, head of Bristol’s Museums, Galleries and Archives, said: “We hope that this acquisition will be of great interest to our national and international visitors.

“The watercolour will help to explain and illustrate the aesthetic and historical relevance of the Bristol landscape and will put Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the city on the map as a destination for Turner enthusiasts.”

Turner watercolour - Avon Gorge Bristol

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